Teaching& Research Portfolio
Kelly M. Schmid
Syracuse University Department of Biology
107 College Place Syracuse, NY 13244
Doctor of Philosophy-Biology, January 2017- May 2020 (Advisor: J.R. Wiles)
Certificate in University Teaching, granted by the SU Graduate School through the WiSE program
Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse, NY
Master of Science – Biology, August 2014-August 2016 (Advisor: J. Friedman)
Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse, NY
Bachelor of Science – Biological Science, Cum Laude, September 2009-May 2013
Rowan University, College of Science and Mathematics, Glassboro, NJ
Ph.D. Research (Syracuse University), January 2017-May 2020
Undergraduate research experiences in biology: Roles of mentors and impacts of early exposure and types of engagement on student outcomes
Advisor: J.R. Wiles
Investigating the effects of different types of undergraduate biology research experiences on students’ science identities, self-efficacy, goals, achievement, and other outcomes, as well as the role of mentors within the lab.
Master’s Research (Syracuse University), August 2014-August 2016
The effects of genetic and environmental variation on growth and flowering
Advisor: J. Friedman
Investigating the effect of photoperiod on flowering time and growth in a single population of M. guttatus that exhibits phenotypic variability.
Independent Undergraduate Lab/Field Research (Rowan University), January-May 2013
Herbivory and plant defense mechanisms: Glucosinolate production response in two Brassica species
Advisor: T. Scott
Studied the relationships between herbivory, phytochemical production, and resource allocation.
HHMI Active Learning Fellow
September 2018-May 2020
This research and faculty development fellowship is funded by an Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
General Biology Sequence, BIO121 & BIO123
Designed active learning modules and independently implemented them on a weekly basis in the fall and spring semesters of the large-enrollment (300-600 students) general biology course sequence. These modules have been adopted into the curriculum for the introductory sequence ensuring an inclusive environment of active learning on an on-going basis.
Worked with professors during an HHMI-funded course redesign to familiarize them with current active learning techniques and helped them to design and implement active learning modules into their course.
January 2018-May 2018
Introduction to Biological Research, BIO200
Designed a seminar-style, writing-intensive course for first or second year biology or biology-related, majors; with the goal of improving science communication skills, ability to read primary literature, familiarity with biological research concepts, better understanding of the processes of science. Taught 2 sections (15 students total).
August 2014-May 2016, January 2017-May 2018
General Biology, BIO121 & BIO124
Taught two lab sections (48 students) per semester (11 sections total); requiring small class instruction, grading course materials, developing new quizzes, held regular office hours, mentor students as necessary.
Ecology and Evolution, BIO345
Conducted in-class review sessions before each of the 4 exams, held regular office hours, mentored students as necessary, graded course materials.
Assisted with administration of exams for 200 students.
Summer Undergraduate Research Forum, June 2017-August 2017, June 2018-August 2018, June 2019-August 2019
Mentored undergraduates (Jeff Darkwa and Anna Bjarvin) who assisted in my research, January 2015-August 2015
HHMI Inclusive Excellence CHANcE workshop: A Guide to Inclusive Practices, October 2019
HHMI Inclusive Excellence CHANcE Hands-on workshop for Course Transformation, June 2019
Evo-Day Evolutionary Biology of Interacting Organisms Symposium at Cornell University, May 2019
WiSE Future Professoriate Program, November 2017-May 2019
HHMI Inclusive Excellence CHANcE Project Kickoff Workshop, January 2019
Plant Ecology and Evolution reading/journal group, August 2014-May 2018
Evo-Day Phylogenomics Symposium at Cornell University, May 2017
Evo-Day Evolution and Conservation Symposium at Cornell University, May 2016
WiSE Scientific Writing Workshop, January 2016
Center for Reproductive Evolution meeting, August 2014-May 2016
Biology Graduate Student Organization Curriculum Committee representative, May 2017-May 2018
Served on Curriculum Committee of the Syracuse University Department of Biology as the Biology Graduate Student Organization’s appointed graduate student representative.
SUPA meeting talks (2), October 2016
Provided two professional development seminars for 35 high school teachers in the Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) program.
Carlock Award for Excellence in Graduate Research in Biology Education, Fall 2019
Syracuse University 2019 Summer Fellowship
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Spring 2018
GSO Travel Award, May 2016, July 2018
Biology Travel Award, May 2016, July 2018, June 2019
Graduate Student Symposium Best Poster Award, March 2015
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)
Association of College and Biology Educators (ACUBE)
CONFERENCES & POSTERS/PRESENTATIONS
K.M. Schmid & J.R. Wiles. Exploring Approaches to Engaging Undergraduates in Research: Differential Impacts on Students' Self-efficacy and Science Skills. Talk at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference. Portland, OR. March 2020.
K.M. Schmid & J.R. Wiles. Exploring approaches to engaging undergraduates in research: Differential impacts on students' self-efficacy and science skills. Talk at the Association of College and Biology Educators conference. Syracuse, NY. October, 2019.
K.M. Schmid & J.R. Wiles. Creating inclusive classroom environments through institutional change towards adopting active learning practices. Poster at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research Conference. Minneapolis, MN. July, 2019.
K.M. Schmid, R.D.P. Dunk, & J.R. Wiles. The effects of an introduction to biological research course on novice students’ views on the nature of science. Talk at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research Conference. Minneapolis, MN. July, 2018
K.M. Schmid & J.R. Wiles. Potential effects of course-based undergraduate research experiences on students’ self-efficacy, research skills, and future goals. Poster at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research Conference. Minneapolis, MN. July, 2018.
K.M. Schmid & J. Friedman. Intra-population genetic variation for flowering and growth in response to photoperiod. Talk at the Evolution Conference. Austin, TX. June, 2016.
K.M. Schmid & J. Friedman. Effects of different environments on allocation strategies in plants. Talk at Biology Graduate Student Seminar Series. Syracuse, NY. April, 2015.
K.M. Schmid & J. Friedman. Effects of different environments on allocation strategies in plants. Poster at GSO Graduate Student Research Symposium. Syracuse, NY. March, 2015. (Best poster award)
K.M. Schmid, W. Hurley-Rioux, & T. Scott. Herbivory and plant defense mechanisms: Glucosinolate production response in two Brassica species. Poster at Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting. Dover, DE. April, 2013.
K.M. Schmid, W. Hurley-Rioux, & T. Scott. Herbivory and plant defense mechanisms: Glucosinolate production response in two Brassica species. Poster at Saint Joseph’s Sigma Xi Research Symposium. Philadelphia, PA. April, 2013.
K.M. Schmid, W. Hurley-Rioux, & T. Scott. Herbivory and plant defense mechanisms: Glucosinolate production response in two Brassica species. Poster at Rowan University STEM Symposium, Glassboro, NJ. April, 2013.
Schmid, K. M., & Wiles, J. R. 2019. An introduction to biological research course for undergraduate biology students. Journal of College Science Teaching, 49(1), 48–52.
Rubin* M.J., Schmid, K. M. * & Friedman, J. 2018. Assortative mating by flowering time and its effect on correlated traits in variable environments. Ecology and Evolution 00: 1–11. Article DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4765. *equal contribution.
2020 Schmid, K.M., Dunk, R.D.P., & Wiles, J.R. The role of mentors in faculty lab-based undergraduate biology research experiences and outcomes for student science identity. Journal of College Science Teaching (in press).
2020 Sloane, J.D., Dunk R.D.P, Snyder J.J., Winterton C.I., Schmid K.M., & Wiles J.R. Peer-Led Team Learning improves minority student retention in STEM majors. PLoS One (in review).